On the Saddle
There is no better way to experience the rolling hills, majestic bluffs and native grasslands of the Eastern Plains than from the seat of a bicycle. In 2014, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to pedal along portions of Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways, past family farms, wildlife exhibits and several of our states most prominent historical landmarks and heritage sites.
The majority of cyclists will participate in a 3-day, fully-supported bicycle tour, covering anywhere between 30 to 80 miles per stage. The Century Option gives cyclists on the multi-day tour a chance to push their limits and go the extra miles or it may also be purchased by others as a single-day offering. The Century Ride will take cyclists northwest of Sterling to North Sterling Reservoir. Those who prefer a route with an emphasis on fun over fitness, may saddle-up for the Family Fun Ride. The route will loop around the Overland Trail Museum and include a costume and best decorated bike contest as well as a number of fun fall games.
Interactive On-Route Experience: Each ride option of Pedal The Plains incorporates interactive learning experiences that showcase significant points of interest along the route. At each of these stops, cyclists will have a chance to dismount and learn about a particular point-of-interest by meeting an expert, viewing an exhibit, or taking a short tour. Be a part of the Passport Program and challenge yourself to stop at all of the educational exhibits along the route each day. You can find your passport in the Mapbook which you’ll receive during registration. At the end of each day’s ride, check in at the information tent and show the PTP staff your stamps for a chance to win prizes! A Passport Program Prize Drawing will take place at the entertainment site at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss out; you must be present to win!
Point of Interest Signs: Point of Interest Signs will be planted along the road throughout the ride to educate cyclists about what they’re seeing, hearing and smelling as they pedal along. Signs may notify riders about irrigation and water rights, what’s growing in a field, the type of fish inhabiting a reservoir or the location of a historical landmark.
A Ride That Can’t Be BEET!
For those riders who wish to further explore the themes and subjects they encounter along the route, educational exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays will be set up in each host community. Shuttles will also be offered for off-site exhibits. Don’t miss Fort Morgan’s Fall Harvest Car Show or Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days!
Educational Sponsors & Providers